I want to see teachers can transform classrooms into spaces of imagination and wonder. So, here's where I explore what it means to make this a reality.
Creative Habits Versus Creative Momentum
I stare at the blinking cursor — an apt term for the blank page rhythmically lulling me into a curse of nothingness, slowly gaining inertia with every passing second. It’s a silent metronome counting down the time I haven’t written. It’s a quiet loop on... The post Creative Habits Versus Creative Momentum appeared first on John Spencer.
Elena Aguilar on Coaching for Equity
In my latest episode, I interviewed Elena Aguilar about coaching, equity, and transforming teacher practice. She asked me a question that had me thinking about my own answer for days — and question what that means for my teaching practice. Elena is a true expert... The post Elena Aguilar on Coaching for Equity appeared first on John Spencer.
Sprints, Mini-Projects, and Project-Based Learning
This would be the year. I would be a fully project-based social studies teacher. After reading every PBL book I could read and attending PBL sessions at a few summer conferences, I had a vision for a new way of teaching my subject. My third... The post Sprints, Mini-Projects, and Project-Based Learning appeared first on John Spencer.
Mike Kaechele and Dr. Matinga Ragatz on the Pulse of PBL
Mike Kaechele and Dr. Matinga Ragatz are the co-authors of a newly released book, Pulse of PBL: Cultivating Equity Through Social Emotional Learning. Full Disclosure: I am a co-owner of Blend Education, the publisher of their book. It has been an incredible opportunity to witness... The post Mike Kaechele and Dr. Matinga Ragatz on the Pulse of PBL appeared first on John Spencer.
Showrunner Jerry Kolber on the Power of Creativity and Curiosity to Deepen Learning
In this week’s podcast, I interviewed Jerry Kolber, a Showrunner and podcast creator. We talked about creativity, curiosity, and what it would mean to re-imagine learning in schools. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on... The post Showrunner Jerry Kolber on the Power of Creativity and Curiosity to Deepen Learning appeared first on John Spencer.
Seven Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Peer Feedback in the Classroom
Years ago, as I shifted toward empowering students, I ask myself the question, “What am I doing for students that they could be doing for themselves?” One of the most glaring answers was assessment. So, I began to incorporate peer assessment and self-assessment. However, my... The post Seven Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Peer Feedback in the Classroom appeared first on John Spencer.
Inspiring and useful with great guests and discussion about how the best teaching practices can be utilized to increase student and teacher creativity and learning
John shares so many great ideas about how to create classrooms where teachers and students can thrive. The combination of strategies shared along with an understanding of how to meet students where they are is a perfect example of a Flexible Mindset. This podcast can help anyone looking for ways to build student engagement and agency.
I am an elementary educator looking to inspire my students and ignite inquiry in their brains. This podcast is super helpful and is full of some many unique and fun ways to do that. Thank you for inspiring me to become a better educator.